Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

Have you read a book that completely lived up to its hype?

Thank you so much to Shelley, a beautiful friend who I met in Korea for gifting me this book. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens was the best fiction novel I could have read to start 2021. The writing is poetic and I was drawn in by her style instantly. The poetry throughout added to the vivid descriptions of the marshlands.

Kya, a young girl living in the marshlands of the North Carolina Coast, for a time lives with her siblings, mum and dad. The story follows Kya’s life as she deals with loss after loss, loneliness and isolation, all whilst trying to survive as a child on her own. The place in which Kya lives has a whole community whose prejudice stops them from loving their neighbours… Kya is teased for living in the marshlands and soon becomes ‘The Marsh Girl’. Others her age do not accept her for who she is.

Kya is intelligent and determined. She learns to read and write from Tate, a young boy who is about to go to college. Her love for the land around her is inspirational and her ability to live the best life she can considering the violence she has experienced in the past.

Kya’s story is emotional in every way. As a reader, my hope for her happiness and peace within herself continued throughout the entire novel. This is one to read! If you haven’t yet, I would highly recommend that you do.

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